Pipefitter blames companies for his asbestos cancer diagnosis

26 Aug 2018 by under Legal

asbestos warning 100x100 Pipefitter blames companies for his asbestos cancer diagnosis, , Texaco, and nine other companies have been hit with a lawsuit by a man who claims that asbestos-contaminated products made and sold by the companies contributed to his asbestos cancer.

Michael Haynes filed the lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Beaumont, Texas. The lawsuit also names Atlantic Richfield, Huntsman, and Total. Haynes was diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer in 2017.

He claims he was exposed to the companies’ toxic defective asbestos-containing products while working as a pipefitter in 1967 by Atlantic Richfield in Port Arthur, Texas; and from 1968 to 1978 while working at Neches Butane (sued as Huntsman).

Asbestos is a fibrous mineral that is strong and fire resistant and, as a result, was used to make a wide range of building construction materials for insulation, like roof shingles, ceiling and floor tiles, paper products, and cement products. Asbestos can also be found in friction products like automobile clutches, brakes and transmission parts, heat-resistant fabrics, packaging, gaskets, and coatings.

The use of asbestos was scaled back in the 1980s because research showed the microscopic asbestos fibers can enter the body by inhalation or ingestion, and lead to serious lung diseases like lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare but deadly form of cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, abdomen and other internal organs.

It can take decades for asbestos cancer to surface in those exposed. Once diagnosed, the prognosis is very poor. Mesothelioma, for example, generally proves fatal within 12 to 24 months of diagnosis.

Source: Southeast Texas Record

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